We run a therapy dog program called “Interact”, created for the expressed purpose of increasing the quality of life for children, teens and adults who are at risk, socially isolated and in need of a healthy dose of canine therapy.
Programs are designed based on the needs of each individual or group.
RPA raises and trains Autism Assistance Dogs to do a variety of practical tasks for children with an Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s syndrome.
As 1 in 4 children diagnosed with ASD may also have epilepsy, we also train dual purpose Assistance Dogs to assist with ASD and seizure response.
In 2016, RPA will conduct a pilot program working with healthcare professionals to train and place our first mobility dog for a person with mobility issues.
In 2017, RPA will open this program to applications.
In 2018, RPA will open this program to applications for children between 4-14 years.
We offer private dog training sessions and rehabilitate privately owned dogs as our ethical commitment to reduce the number of pet dogs abandoned, surrendered or euthanised because of poor early socialization, lack of early training or the inadvertent development of inappropriate or unwanted behaviors that negatively impact the relationship between owner and dog.
Our trainers are professionally qualified and experienced dog trainers. RPA make house calls for a range of training needs within the city of Greater Bendigo.
We do not train privately owned dogs for service dog roles.